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Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by JamesE, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. JamesE

    JamesE Strat-Talker

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    There's one of these - first version with the red top - going very cheaply out here. Is it worth a look? I used a Kustom modelling amp today, and I didn't like the digital reverb. That doesn't mean I dislike all digital reverb - the current Peavey Bandit sounds fine to me.

    I couldn't find any posts saying it's a great amp, but there must be somebody here who's either got one, or has had one. Your help would be appreciated.
     
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    Yes, I just posted a week long thread over at Squier Talk, Ampfirider forum, subject heading " does anyone know about this Amp " have a look, I was told they garbage etc, But I've learnt a lot this week, if you know how to set the presets, and it's easy, it's an awesome little amp. I love VOX and Fender, but I got one of these, sort of not intentionally, and it's definitely staying !

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    All i can say about the spider amps is i bought one once and ended up giving it away.
     
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    Oh well, interesting spectrum of opinions there! I've discovered a forum for Line6 users from Line6 themselves and d/l'd the manual. I can try, but I don't need to buy.
     
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    Awhile back i had a hd500x and a spider III. There is a trick you can use on that amp to turn it on where the power amp only works..... Basically turning it into a flat response powered speaker.
    The 500x sounded great going through the spider.
    (Hold tap/delay down as you power it on)
     
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    Thanks very much! That's great to know. I have a VOX cooltron pedal, so I can add a true valve sound.
     
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    Thanks, I found your post. I think you got it right when you said "people don't know how to program it".
    It's cheap, so I'd like to try it. With Heltershelton's tip I can always switch off the jingly-jangly!
     
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    For this kind of money, you really get a good practice amp once you know how it's programming works

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    I had a lower end Spider amp 8-9 years ago. It was my first guitar amp. I never really cared for it and have moved on to Vox and Fender. Even to my new player ears, the Spider sounded cheesie.
     
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    My first proper amp was a Line 6 Spider 4 15. I got that amp many years ago and used it exclusively until January when I upgraded to my Fender. I loved it and would recommend it to any newbie wanting to learn!

    Its not the best but it does the job.
     
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    Take into account what one can buy these for, I have VOX and Fender and the equivalent VOX to this is probably a VT20 which is definitely a better amp but it costs five times as much, at least here anyway.

    It's definitely designed around the crunch and metal settings and after my solid week with it, it's a rock amp no doubt, and it does this extremely well.

    It's definitely not chimy vox, and it's not Fender clean, but, it's a whack of amp with a fortune of modelling options.

    If you want a cheap rock amp, this really can't be beaten for the price.

    I jammed with it yesterday, and it worked out pretty well, had to give it a lot more attention than my VOX but anything new and different takes getting used to.

    If you can find one for $30/40 and you put the time in, it's a bargain of note

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    Hmmm... I guess you get what you pay for. Maybe I should go for a 5 Watt valve amp for better quality. I don't really have the time to spend endlessly fiddling. Oddly enough, the seller hasn't come back to me yet.
     
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    Played a Line6 Spider at a GC once just to understand the hate they get...the distortion was why. Very fizzy and "digital" sounding to my ears.
     
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    An ex singer of mine had a Line 6 Flextone amp. From what I remember he never could figure it out. I seems there may have been an important "sold separately" foot switch that he didn't have and that didn't help. None of his presets had unity volume and when he'd switch presets there was always dramatic swings in volumes. He also could never figure out how to save settings. I'm sure someone with a degree in brain surgery could figure it out.

    I remember thinking at the time why not just get a Bandit and a Boss or Zoom multi effects pedal?
     
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    i had an early model spider, maybe a 2 - i'm not sure.

    i thought it was cool with the optional footpedal cuz you could toggle thru so many choices easily and it had a wah also so it made having fun simple for me, i am not great at dialing in gear so i enjoyed it for that a lot so as far as that goes imo i give it an a++

    when i was able to put it next to the mesa it was modeling it failed the test more than slightly however.

    but since it is cheap and now you can find out how to tweak it easy it could be great for what it is.
     
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    I used to hate L6Spider amps until I found 'the secret controls', one of which turns off their noise reduction circuit that caused such awful tone, plus presets that were metal, more metal, insane metal, ...

    So now I've used it after reprogramming and it's pretty handy 15w version. I like it better than the Mustang I.

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    Yes, funnily enough they do put this in the owners manual.

    It has a built in noise gate, which makes a huge difference , once it's on.

    I'm sure at the time, the factory set it up like this knowing the kids would test it in the store, and be blown away by the metal sustain. ( must have worked actually because they sold over a million of these amps). No kidding!!

    Here's how to engage the noise gate.

    Hold the tap button and turn the 2nd effect knob clockwise. The one that has reverb on it.

    When you do this, the "insane " led comes on indicating the noise gate is on.

    This works on all the channels except crunch channel.

    This won't be a preset, it will go back to default when you switch off.



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    Friend picked one up a few weeks ago. Still trying to get a decent clean / rhythm sound out of it with her Affinity Strat. Not liking it so far.
     
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    Hi, it is definitely not a high end amp,

    Put it in Metal, set the EQ, and effects , whack your guitar into the bridge setting, get a drum beat, or a backing track going.....man, you won't believe how much fun this thing is....

    Its'a little demon!!

    By the way, you can get an awesome clean... Put it on clean, hold down the tap button, turn the reverb knob clockwise, till the "insane" led lights, all effects are then gone, and the clean is good!!

    BUT , it's not a clean kind of amp, it's a rock specialist, and it's great at that.

    Have fun with it, it's not supposed to be a $1000 Fender or VOX.

    Search Dave SImpson, line six on You Tube, he loves this thing, and I know why, I didn't even mean to buy it.

    But I'm glad I did !





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    Had one a while back. It went up in a puff of smoke. Saved the cabinet, the guts- bye bye. Not very good.
     
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